It is not enough to learn a new language from books or the internet, you need real-world, practical experience to really gain a strong understanding.
Without this, you may find yourself hesitating and lacking confidence when you come to practice your new found language skills with a real person and in real scenarios.
In this video, we explore a few options to help you with this aspect of speaking English, as a new learner.
Nerves can greatly affect confidence when learning to speak English. Nerves can get in the way and cause mistakes to be made.
If you have a presentation coming up that you have to deliver or a work meeting or even a social engagement where you have to speak in front of native English speakers this may cause a great deal of nerves and anxiety which in turn will hinder and affect your delivery.
The key tips here would be to:
Take your time. There is no need to rush, think through what you are wanting to say (without translating it first into your native language – which is what I discuss in another video on our channel on how to stop translating in your head).
- Breathing plays a key part too. Take deep breaths.
- Make learning the language fun and enjoyable as this will in turn make you feel more confident to speak English.
- Watch English films, tv programmes , listen to English radio, podcasts, read English books and articles. Immerse yourself with English and in time you will start to feel much more at ease with the language and your confidence and capabilities will hugely increase.
- Try reading aloud – this can really help. When you are on your own read paragraphs of your book or an article in a magazine or newspaper out loud. Practice saying the sentences, bring them to life, vocalising helps to build confidence when speaking English.
- Converse in English – One of the biggest benefits of learning with SpeakEng Academy is that all our teachers are British. Therefore, the only option for you as a learner is to express yourself in English.
- Not having an alternative language like Hindi to fall back on really accelerates your spoken English improvement.
Remember pushing oneself out of the comfort zone and making mistakes is part of the learning process.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, as the saying goes, and this is the case for being fluent in any language. It requires practice, patience and confidence.
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